Former Ambassador at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Head of the Department for Development Policy, responsible for policies on global development and sustainable development. He has recently served as Sherpa for Minister Gunilla Carlsson in UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability.
Mr. Holmgren is an economist from Stockholm School of Economics with experience from the Swedish Government Offices and international organizations.He has earlier worked at the Ministries of Finance and Industry in Stockholm.
He served at the World Bank in Washington DC 1995-2000, at the Board of Directors and in the Research Department where he managed and edited the book “Aid and Reform in Africa”.
Mr. Holmgren was vice chair of OECD Development Assistance Committee in 2001.
In 2001-2002 he was assigned to the Parliamentary Commission on a new Swedish Policy for Global Development.
Mr. Holmgren was Head Secretary of the international Expert Group on Development Issues (EGDI) 2002-2006, which produced state-of the art research reports on global development topics, e.g. on transboundary water co-operation.
He has worked at the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and has country experience from Africa, Asia, East Europe and North America.